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Police hit out at fireworks mob


Some members of the community said they tried to calm things down

Police have condemned a mob of 200 Asian youths who attacked officers and threw fireworks in Luton.

Riot police were called to Bury Park after youths attacked local police on Sunday. Two people were arrested.

Local officers were there at the request of the Asian community to protect the group from a right wing march, but no protesters turned up.

Ch Supt Andy Frost said he was "extremely disappointed" his officers had been attacked.

He said: "Although this incident was contained within Bury Park it has again put Luton under the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

"The town has enjoyed excellent community relations for a number of years but it seems a small minority has let Luton down."

A police spokeswoman said one person arrested during the disorder had been released and the second was waiting to be questioned.

Angry scenes

Police said protesters had been deterred from the planned march by a banning order approved by Home Secretary Alan Johnson last week.

Luton Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police were granted a three-month banning order on public processions by four named organisations or associated groups.

Police previously said residents and businesses feared a repeat of the violence and disorder which erupted when the groups previously marched in the town and elsewhere.

Protest plans by March for England, UK Casuals United, United People of Luton and English Defence League had increased tensions in Luton, they added.

Angry scenes broke out in March when a small number of Muslims held an anti-war protest during a homecoming parade of British troops.

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